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Hyundai has already announced that the Equus sedan will be coming to our shores, and now the company is saying that it will be available with a bigger version of the corporate Tau V-8, which will displace 5.0 liters and make 429 horsepower. Oh yeah, and the Genesis sedan will get the larger V-8 as an option, as well.
The first Equus sedans will come only with the 4.6-liter, 385-horsepower Tau V-8, with the larger engine available next March. The 4.6-liter engine makes 385 horsepower and 333 lb-ft of torque, while the larger engine is rated at 429 horsepower and 376 lb-ft of torque.
In the Equus, at least, both engines will mate to an eight-speed automatic transmission, although it's unclear if the same transmission will be available on the Genesis sedan.
The target here is BMW, and the larger engine will be able to outpace the 4.4-liter V-8 available in certain 7-Series models. Given that the target price for the Equus is about $50,000 to start, if the larger engine is an affordable option, Hyundai may itself a very viable competitor in the luxury class.
[Source: Motor Authority]